Zuma condoles Cuba after plan crash

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has offered his deepest condolences to the families of the 68 people who were killed in airline crash on Wednesday in Cuba.

In his message, Zuma said South Africa shares their pain and sorrow.

"We reach out to the governments and peoples of your countries, and indeed members of the bereaved families in particular, in prayer and thought during this period of mourning," said Zuma.

The ATR-72 turboprop plane, carrying 68 passengers in the state-run Aero Caribbean airline, crashed near the village of Guasimal, 355km east of Havana, in the central Sancti Spiritus province, the Civil Aeronautics Institute of Cuba (IACC) said.

The plane, with 61 passengers and seven crew members - including 28 foreigners onboard - was flying to Havana from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba when it lost control.